Archive for April, 2012
Last Saturday we had the pleasure of working with a wonderful bride. She wanted peonies. She was certainly in luck because the season for peonies is starting. Peonies have become THE most popular flower for brides thanks to Martha Stewart. If ten brides walk into my studio…. 8 of them will ask for peonies. Amazingly enough the growers around the world have known about this and started growing peonies. So when our season ends the season for another country starts. We are seeing peonies coming in from Alaska, Chile and even New Zealand. These peonies are beautiful, fluffy and soft, but it’s still not the same quality that we expect from a peony plant that is in OUR season. Today, I want to make a very important point about this with one picture and educate all of you out there.
A peony plant take years (I’m not joking) to produce a bud. Once the peony plant is about three to four years it begins to produce small flowers. Key word being small. So yes, the wholesaler is able to get peonies in the middle of August… but the stems that are grown are small in comparison to what has been in season. Now lets get back to that bouquet that you really REALLY want but when the flowers you have your heart set on are not in season.
You see the peony on the right… thats a tree peony in season. Beautiful and truly majestic! So big that both of my hands cupped around it are not big enough. You see the two buds on the left? Those are peonies that came from an immature plant. Not fully grown and I’m afraid to say so small they most likely will not even open; and even if they did it will not be the same size as the one to the right. So when I get asked for a peonies bouquet in the middle of August…. sure I can get it for you, but I will have to buy a lot of product. Most likely five times more the amount to account for the size of the stem to ensure the bouquet looks full enough to walk out of my studio and not embarrass me. Since I have to purchase five times the amount of product for something that is not in season I have to pass that cost along to you the consumer. Moral of this blog post? If you really want it, I can get it for you, but I hope you’ve now understood why it will drive your cost higher with the picture below.
If you are looking for a great substitution to a peony when it’s not available in our season? Ask your designer about using garden roses. They are available year round and just as beautiful!
Last month the Chicago Opera Theatre had their annual fundraiser at Carnivale Restaurant. We were tapped by Michelle Durpetti Events to provide florals for the event. If you’ve ever visited Carnivale it’s a latin fusion restaurant with a vibrant and fun mix of colors. From the walls, to the artwork it is a blend of bright colors. With that in mind we created two tablescapes utilizing containers and vases within MDE’s in house collection.
Our first tablescape included a hurricane vase with a trio of pillar candles and loose mokara orchid blooms.
Our second tablescape included a monochromatic trio of deep purple stock, hot pink mokara orchids and red tulips.
Couldn’t resist to post this picture of a spring arrangement we created for your friend Colin Falco at Pulp & Ink. We purchase the vintage jadeite vase recently and I will definitely try to get a couple more of them for our collection of antiques. The arrangement has pink peonies, hot pink garden roses called Baronesse, jasmine vine, ranunculus, wax flowers, veronicas and cherry blossoms.